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TALKING TOUGH WITH JOEY


TALKING TOUGH WITH JOEY
Dolphins fans need to cross their fingers and hope 49ers tight end Vernon Davis remains head strong and can be baited into making one of the biggest mistakes of his young NFL career.


Oh Vernon, you obviously need someone wise to talk you out of making matters worse for your offense and team, so listen to coach Mike Singletary and follow his advise about giving Joey Porter the silent treatment.

But IF you do want to help the Dolphins win Sunday's critical game, talk back, and talk often, and talk tough because the more you gab with Porter the more fired up he gets, and plays.

But Davis saying: "I'm pretty sure I've gone up against a lot of linebackers/defensive ends who are better than him," IS ABSOLUTELY NOT A GOOD START.

Porter, who is two sacks way from tying the Dolphins single-season sack record, has been in a confrontational and aggressive mood.... more than usual, if you could believe that.

Yesterday I was talking to cornerback Nate Jones about the economy, the newspaper business (which is struggling, please keep supporting a brotha and his newspaper because it's getting scary out here) and how the U.S. government FINALLY admitted we are in a recession, and Porter butted in and went off on the recent discovery this is a recession.

I won't repeat what he said, but do believe I felt like he was going to forearm shiver someone. For the record, I slowly but calmly moved out of his locker space as if I was in a hostage situation.

You could tell Porter's still angry at someone, or something (he hasn't officially talked to the local media in close to three weeks now), and I'm sure he'd love to vent on Davis, who Singletary kicked out of his first game as San Francisco's head coach.

Whatever you do Vernon, don't tell Joey he has "popcorn muscles," or that he's been spotted dancing shirtless in a South Florida club. The second one of Brandon Marshall's shots really bothers me, but what bothers me more is I'm not man enough to ask Porter to confirm or deny shirtless dancing has happened....

Throughout the entire season it's become crystal clear injured is something you definitely don't want to be as a Dolphins players. It's gotten to the point where players are starting to hide the bags of ice they use to nurse their injuries. I see you Patrick Cobbs.

Well, more evidence of this regime's tough guy approach has surfaces now that cornerback Michael Lehan got cut from the injured reserve list on Thursday.

Outside of the money Lehan was owed as a roster bonus in 2009 this one is a complete head-scratcher to me because Lehan still has talent, he could have helped the team in 2009 as a cornerback or key special teamer, cornerback is STILL a position of weakness on this roster, Andre' Goodman is a free agent in 2009, and finally, cutting Lehan now doesn't exactly create a vacancy on the roster (his spot was already filled). So, I'm assuming all this could be about is money or sending a message (like a fish wrapped in newspaper).

Someone smarter than me will have to explain this one, and I'm looking for that person, but everyone's too scared they'll get whacked. That's become a common theme around Dolphins-land....

Since we're talking cornerbacks, I've been looking over the 2009 possible free agent list and you're probably going to be shocked to know Goodman is going to be in demand based on his strong second half to 2007.

Outside of Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha, who the Raiders will either hit with a franchise tag again or re-sign, Washington's DeAngelo Hall, who the Trifecta has now passed on twice (once in a trade from Atlanta, and when he became a free agent a month ago after Oakland cut him), and Gaints starter Corey Webster, Goodman's the next best thing expected to hit the market when you look at 2008 production.

For the record, I think the Trifecta now has their sights set on Webster, a 26 year old who has started 28 games in his four seasons. This season Webster has accounted for 39 tackles (38 solo, which indicates he's a sure tackler), 21 pass deflections (indicates he has good break on the ball), and three of his five career interceptions have come this season.

But take note re-signing Webster is a priority for the Giants, especially with Chris Gamble off the market. Expect Webster to get Gamble money, which means a contract that pays him about $6.5 million a season.

Some other cornerbacks expected to hit the market are Pittsburgh's Bryant McFadden (27 years old), Tampa Bay's Phillip Buchanon, 28 year old former Hurricane, Arizona's Eric Green (26), Minnesota's Benny Sapp, a 27 year old Boyd Anderson product, Buffalo's Jabari Greer, a 26 year old coming off a knee injury, and Houston's Dunta Robinson (26).

Any of those names excite you?

Goodman's 32 tackles, two interceptions, 12 pass deflections, and one fumble recovered has his production better than those six players. But he is 30, and upside will be a factor considered in re-signing him, or letting him walk....

Here's a run down of the 2009's schedule, which is contingent on how the Dolphins finish in the final three games of 2008.

If Dolphins win AFC East Home - Jets, Bills, Patriots, Texans, Colts, Saints, Buccaneers, Steelers/Ravens (AFC North winner) Road - Jets, Bills, Patriots, Titans, Jaguars, Panthers, Falcons, Broncos (AFC West winner... slim chance Chargers)

If Dolphins finish second in AFC East Home - Jets, Bills, Patriots, Texans, Colts, Saints, Buccaneers, Steelers/Ravens (AFC North runner-up) Road - Jets, Bills, Patriots, Titans, Jaguars, Panthers, Falcons, Chargers/Raiders (AFC West runner-up... slim chance Broncos)

If Dolphins finish third in AFC East Home - Jets, Bills, Patriots, Texans, Colts, Saints, Buccaneers, Browns (AFC North 3rd team... slim, slim chance Bengals) Road - Jets, Bills, Patriots, Titans, Jaguars, Panthers, Falcons, Raiders/Chiefs (AFC West third-place team, slim chance Chargers)

Thanks go out to Steve Svekis, an excellent Sun-Sentinel copy editor, and big-time Dolphins' fan for breaking it down. Clap it up.

I'm personally pulling for any schedule that includes us getting a road trip to California. Not factoring in how it impacts Miami's playoff push, which schedule do you prefer?

Deuces.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 14, 2008

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